Children’s Village Manager

Application ends: June 8, 2023

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SOS Children’s Villages was established in Sierra Leone in 1974. We work with government and partners in communities to help families care for their children or to provide an alternative family for children who have no one to care for them, or who have lost parental care or are exposed to risks of neglect, abandonment, abuse and exploitation. Located in Freetown, Bo and Makeni, SOS Children’s Villages Sierra Leone has a wide range of programmes, in which the love of a caregiver is essential, to ensure children grow in a loving home and become their strongest selves.


Our Vision: Every child belongs to a family and grows up with love, respect and security.


Our Mission: We build families for children in need, we help them shape their own futures, and we  

                       share in the development of their communities.


Our Values: Courage





Programmes include Alternative Care settings, Interim Care Centres, Youth care programmes that support more than 530 children and young people leaving in villages and in communities. In addition to quality care, we advocate for children, young people and women’s right, protection, safeguarding and empowerment. SOS Children’s Villages also provide quality education to over 4,000 students through its Herman Gmeiner International Schools, Kindergartens and Technical Vocational/ Employability and Entrepreneurship Training Centre in support of care-exit strategies and reintegration processes. Other projects include the Youth Innovation challenge & Youth-Can! which support young entrepreneurs with their businesses and young people on their quest to employment. The emergency programmes aid vulnerable families cope with the impact of COVID-19 and the economic downturn to prevent family separation.


SOS Children’s Villages Sierra Leone is recruiting Children’s Village Manager to manage its programme interventions within the Freetown or Makeni Village locations in line with the organisation’s vision, mission, values, policies, strategies and available resources. The role will support programme development in alternative care service delivery using the Family-like Care setting in line with the brand and approved strategies, policies, guideline of the organisation and national legislation.


The CV Manager will be involved in the planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Children’s Village, Youth Care Programmes and Educational Programmes, which include the Kindergarten, Lower & Upper Basic School and High School. 


He/she is also responsible to ensure there is ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the programmes and its efficiency according to the organisation’s policies and procedures. 


Support the process of identifying local funding opportunities and applications for grants and other forms of local income (such as donations-in-kind and government subsidies). 


S/he is to build and/or maintains effective relationship with local media and external bodies, so that child rights issues in general as well as the organisation’s mission and objectives can be promoted on a regular basis.  


Provide the National Director and other senior staff with the required regular updates on programme activities and results.


Arranges, provides and coordinates the delivery of services to children and families in strong partnership with other services providers and in line with the family development plan.


Keeps regular contracts with child and family during the implementation of family development plan through phone calls, home visits and meeting in programme premises.


Advocates for the individual child and his/her family to have access to social entitlements or obtain needed services.


Qualifications and Experience


  • Bachelor degree or Master in psychology, or sociology, and or pedagogy, and or project management, and or community development, or any other diploma deemed equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years professional experience in project / program management.
  • Have skills in human resources management and planning and monitoring and evaluation skills.
  • Have a great writing and reporting capacity and a mastery of the IT tool.
  • Highly developed communication with tact & diplomacy, interpersonal, networking, and negotiation skills.
  • Trustworthiness and confidentiality as well as modelling principled behaviour



STARTING DATE: 1st July 2023

DURATION OF CONTRACT: One year with a possibility of an extension based on performance 

                                            and/or availability of funding

Number of positions: Two (One in each location)

LOCATION: Freetown 



Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

To apply: submit a letter of interest, with Curriculum Vitae, photocopy of certificates, and three (3) professional references with at least one (1) from a direct supervisor, by email only to  Please indicate in the subject line the position and location you are applying for, for example: “Application for the Position of Institutional Partnership Coordinator in Freetown ”. 

Closing date for the submission of applications is Wednesday 7th June, 2023

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

In accordance with the organisation’s child protection policy, all employment is subject to applicable background checks, including criminal record checks.


What We Stand For:

SOS Children’s Villages is committed to creating and maintaining a caring and protective environment, which promotes its core values, and prevents and addresses child abuse and exploitation. We strongly condemn all forms of child abuse and exploitation, be it within or outside of our organisation, and always respond to any case of proven, alleged or attempted abuse within our sphere of influence according to its nature. Efforts ensure that mechanisms are in place to raise awareness, aid prevention, encourage reporting and ease response. They range from human resource development actions such as training and counselling to measures such as suspension, dismissal, and legal action.